Midlands Spotlight - Local horror screams its way to completion
By midlandsmovies, Mar 30 2017 10:16AM
Post-production has completed on Kaush Patel and Dave Hastings’ horror anthology ‘The House of Screaming Death’ and Midlands Movies Mike sees what’s next for this scary chiller from the region.
Featuring a chilling quartet of tales, ‘The House of Screaming Death’ features classic British actor Ian McNeice as a mysterious character known as The Architect – a storyteller who has a few demons to share of his own.
After a viral campaign ended with the release of the film’s trailer, the team behind the film have worked on adding the final touches including the completion of editing by Sam Woodhall who also oversaw the film’s visual effects.
Reuniting with local composer Matthew Calvert from the team’s previous award winning film ‘Checking In’, the musician has added a dark and macabre score influence by the likes of James Bernard – a staple of many Hammer Horror productions – as well as Christopher Young (Hellraiser).
“We all have jobs around the project, so we didn’t want to rush this at all”, says co-producer Kaush Patel. “People have been asking us for months about when the film will be finished, and we’ve always said, when it is as perfect as it can be within our limited resources as independent filmmakers. It has taken us four years to make this film a reality, so we are very protective of it as well as proud of all the cast and crew”, continues Patel.
Producer Dave Hastings adds “(the cast and crew) are all wonderful, and spending the last year seeing all their hard work, both in front of and behind the camera in the edit suite has been an absolute pleasure. It has just been an absolutely wonderful experience seeing all these components come together like they do here. As an independent filmmaker and for a film that has cost £4,000 to make overall, the dedication, passion and the love that has gone into this project has been overwhelming”.
Costing £4,000 to make, Patel wants encourage people to see what has been achieved on a small budget, especially within the struggling confines of the UK film industry.
The film is now entering the film festival circuit around the globe and will soon be receiving its local press screening at the amazing Manor House in West Bromwich. The film was in fact filmed around the location which doubled as the fictional and sinister Bray Manor, home of The Architect.
It will also also be receiving its first ever Birmingham premiere at the upcoming Fear-fest on Sunday May 28th (more info here: www.birmingham-fearfest.co.uk) which is organised by horror writer and journalist Steve Green
Before that, a cast and crew premiere is soon to be announced where everyone involved in the film will get first chance to see the scary fruits of their labour.
Aiming for a mid-late 2017 release, it truly is a Midlands-centric production with locations used in Walsall, Sandwell and Staffordshire areas with huge support from local councils. You can keep up to date on all the latest news by following the film on Twitter @screamin_death or by visiting the official website www.screamingdeath.co.uk